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Celebrating Veterans Through Art

Nov 04, 2015 01:59PM ● By Neighbors Magazines

Larry Maholland, former St. Charles City Administrator, Navy

The St Charles Arts Council, American Legion Post 342, AMVETS Post 503, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5036, Community Unit School District 303, and People for the Arts/East High School announce the Inaugural Celebrating Veterans Through Art event from Nov. 7–Nov. 14. An artist’s reception will be held Sat., Nov. 7 from 6:30–9pm. The event features concerts, an art gallery, a public art installation project, veteran interview videos, and more.

Citizen Soldier/Kane County Veterans Memorial sculpted by Guy Bellaver.

 Art shares veterans’ stories of service and sacrifice. Artists are a voice for veterans and provide us all with vehicles for remembrance. The purpose is to give veterans an opportunity to tell their stories of service through the arts – the written and spoken word, visual art and video, and the performing arts – and to give the community a chance to learn more about veterans and their experiences through art.

The Celebrating Veterans Through Art gallery will be the 17th gallery in the neXt program. 100% of the selling price of the work goes to the artist. The galleries are actively promoted in social and print media, and the artwork is insured.

 Entries for the gallery can be in any style or medium of visual art, as well as video.

The pop-up gallery theme is “Stories”. Each piece of art submitted to the gallery must include an artist statement. The artwork does NOT have to be about war, veterans, service, etc. It must, however, have an artist statement that “tells the story” of the piece, in keeping with the purpose of the event.


Jury Fee:
1. SCAC Members – jury fee is waived

2. Veterans/active duty servicemen – jury fee is waived, with proof of service.
3. non-SCAC Members – $20 total, regardless of the number of pieces submitted. (Fee is nonrefundable). Fees can be mailed to: St Charles Arts Council, 2 East Main Street, St. Charles, IL 60174, or they can be paid online through the web site’s Donation page.

All submissions must be electronic.

There is no form to fill out.

 Please email the requested information and images of your submitted work to
Number of pieces of art per artist: Artists may submit up to 6 pieces for jurying. Jurors may select 1 or more pieces from each artist.   

All submissions must include the following information for each image:

Don Schlomann, Superintendent of D303, Navy


  1. Title of the piece
  2. Medium
  3. Dimensions
  4. Selling price

Images for Jurying: If you wish to submit an entry, please send, via email, jpg images of the artwork that you would like to enter in the gallery/show. We will accept ONLY emailed entries. Each image should be 500 KB or less. Images must be submitted by Mon., Oct. 12 at 5pm. Artists will be notified of the jury’s selection on or by Fri., Oct. 16. The artwork will be in the gallery on consignment. 630-443-3794,

 The artist exhibition fee is $40. Exhibition fee will be waived for veterans/active duty servicemen, with proof of service. All artwork must be ready to hang/install. Sculpture pedestals/stands must be provided by the artist. All artwork must be for sale. Delivery and pick-up of the artwork will be the artist's responsibility. 630-443-3794,